Raksha Parthasarathy is a fourth year PhD student in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics under the mentorship of Dr Elizabeth Leadbetter. She was the President of the Graduate Student International Club for the year 2020-21. Currently, she serves as the Secretary for the Student Government Association. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Biotechnology Engineering from Ramaiah Institute of Technology, India.
Her research focuses on the role of cell death molecules in innate-like lymphocyte homeostasis, function and fate decision. RIP kinases modulate the function of cells through intricate cell signaling pathways and by using knockout mice, she studies their role in innate B and T cell function. In addition, she studies the cues and signals that lead to memory B cell development.
In her spare time, she likes to cross stitch, watch movies, and paint.
Ganesan, A., Shankar, A., Partha, R., & Shankar, D. (2018). LncRNA OIP5-AS1 is overexpressed in undifferentiated oral tumors and integrated analysis identifies as a downstream effector of stemness- associated transcription factors. Scientific Reports, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-25451-3
Abstract "McLennan AM, Parthasarathy R, Hagglof T, Mattke A, Dudley EA, Leadbetter EA (2020); RIP kinase death pathways regulate B cell homeostasis and splenic architecture; Journal of Immunology; 204 (1 supplement), 153.12"
Shou Y, Koroleva E, Spencer C, Shein S, Korchagina A, Yusoof K, Parthasarathy R, Leadbetter E, Akopian A, Muñoz A, Tumanov AV (2021), “Redefining the role of lymphotoxin beta receptor in the maintenance of lymphoid organs and immune cell homeostasis in adulthood”; Frontiers in Immunology; 1-16;https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2021.712632
- AAI Trainee Abstract Award
- AAI Careers in Immunology Fellowship
- UTHSCSA miRNA grant by NanoString
- First place in Image of Research
B.E., Biotechnology Engineering, Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India, 2018